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Canada: Canadians Reject Plan To Increase Police Power To Order

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 13 May 2017 - A majority of Canadians oppose the federal government's plan to give greater powers to police officers to obtain breath samples from drivers in roadside tests, a new poll has found. As part of its legislative package last month to legalize marijuana, the government also tabled a bill to update impaired driving laws.

CN ON: TTC Suspends Two Workers On First Day Of Drug Testing

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 11 May 2017 - CEO says results 'concerning' but justify transit agency's push for substance abuse checks Well that didn't take long. Two TTC employees have been suspended for being impaired on the job after they both failed tests on the first day of the transit agency's new random drug and alcohol testing program.

Canada: Weed Likely Won't Hurt Booze Sales

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 11 May 2017 - MONTREAL- The recreational marijuana industry is expected to take a sip of less than 1 per cent initially out of annual Canadian alcohol sales once it becomes legal, a new analysis says. The Anderson Economic Group, a business consulting firm in New York, says legalization of marijuana would sap $160 million out of the country's $22.1 billion booze sector, rising as use of the drug expands.

CN ON: Column: Drugs And Federal Politics A Combustible Mix

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 06 May 2017 - No one plans to acquire a drug problem over the course of a lifetime - and neither do governments. Yet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is nearing its midpoint in power surrounded by drug problems: serious issues to confront about legal, illegal and almost-legal substances. Two years ago, as they campaigned for office, most of these issues were not high (pardon the pun) on the Liberals' agenda.

CN ON: Column: Drugs, Legal And Illegal, On Agenda In Ottawa

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 06 May 2017 - No one plans to acquire a drug problem over the course of a lifetime - and neither do governments. Yet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is nearing its midpoint in power surrounded by drug problems: serious issues to confront about legal, illegal and almost-legal substances. Two years ago, as they campaigned for office, most of these issues were not high (pardon the pun) on the Liberals' agenda.

CN BC: Column: Will Legalization Keep Pot Away From Kids?

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 06 May 2017 - "We are moving forward to ensure that we keep ... cannabis out of the hands of young people." - Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, May 1 The Canadian Press OTTAWA -During the 2015 election, the federal Liberals campaigned on a plan to greenlight marijuana for recreational use to keep it of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals.

CN AB: Safe-Injection Site A Plausible Scenario For Medicine Hat

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 05 May 2017 - A safe-injection site could be coming to Medicine Hat. Though still early in the process, HIV Community Link executive director Leslie Hill says this is something communities around Alberta could be seeing over the course of the next year or so.

CN AB: City Closer To Supervised Consumption Sites

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 03 May 2017 - Council votes to approach feds; decision to be made in Ottawa Edmonton got a step closer to seeing supervised consumption sites in the city, after city council voted Tuesday to ask the federal government to allow the proposed sites to open as soon as possible.

CN BC: Remembering Vancouver's Cannabis Wars

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 04 May 2017 - In the 1960s, the city's pro-pot counterculture faced fierce opposition from RCMP narcs and a notoriously hippie-hating mayor These days, most Vancouverites don't think twice about smoking a joint in public.

US NY: States Medical Marijuana Licensing Panel Found To Have Little

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 04 May 2017 - ALBANY - When the State of New York approved the use of medical marijuana in 2014, the applicants to dispense the drug were vetted and reviewed by a panel of experts said to have deep backgrounds in several fields. The identities of the panel's members had been a mystery since. By July 2015, the panel had chosen five companies that would receive exclusive statewide medical marijuana licenses, a potentially lucrative award in a state with nearly 20 million residents and hundreds of thousands of potential patients.

CN BC: Editorial: High Times, Low Productivity In B.C.

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Business In Vancouver, 01 May 2017 - Street-level 4-20 concerns are about to shift from Vancouver's Sunset Beach to B.C. C-suites. The looming legalization in Canada of marijuana's recreational use pretty much extinguishes the marijuana criminalization protest aspect of the annual smoke-in.

CN BC: Cannabis: Council Grants Five Licences, Refuses Two

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 03 May 2017 - Nelson council voted to award business licenses to five pot dispensaries on Monday. All six of the dispensaries currently operating submitted applications as well as a new business, Medical Mary Jane, which plans to move into Nelson Commons.

CN BC: Boundary-Similkameen Candidates On: The Drug Crisis

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 03 May 2017 - Vonnie Lavers is the B.C. Green Party candidate for the Boundary Similkameen riding. We have begun to figure out that addicts have illness. Their illness is exploited by criminals. We know that where there is addiction there is desperation. Impoverished addicts may commit crime to obtain money to buy their drug. What addicts obtain on the street is unregulated and too frequently deadly. The toll of misery extends from the individual and the family through the medical system and the criminal justice system.

CN BC: Community Traumatized By Drug Deaths

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 03 May 2017 - The clients and workers at Living Positive Resource Centre are on the front line of a tragedy A makeshift memorial filled with little paper hearts was added to the front office at the Living Positive Resource Centre last summer, to remember those lost to the fentanyl crisis.

CN ON: Street Team Has Dealers' Number

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 03 May 2017 - The Norfolk OPP's Street Team is mowing down drug dealers in 2017 with such precision that a senior member of the force wonders why criminals even bother. The local force mounted 24 drug-related investigations through the first three months of this year. All but one resulted in arrests and charges.

CN BC: Doc Says Pot Can Reduce Opioid Dependency

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 04 May 2017 - Dr. Caroline MacCallum wants doctors to know that cannabis "isn't the taboo medicine" they might think it is. Not only has she used it successfully to treat more than 50 conditions, she has also seen how it has helped her patients stop using prescription opioids. MacCallum, a specialist in complex pain and cannabinoid medicine, is the medical director at Green Leaf Clinic in Langley, where she assesses patients for their eligibility for Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations program.

CN AB: Editorial: Opioid Crisis A Local Issue, Too

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 03 May 2017 - Complex problem requires multi-pronged approach In the past couple of years, the growing opioid crisis has grabbed headlines across the country as the death toll continues to climb. A recent Canadian Press story reported that Canadians are the second highest per-capita consumers of opioids in the world, after their U.S. counterparts. But while opioid use is declining in the U.S., in Canada it's rising.

CN AB: Opioid Crisis Hits Home

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 02 May 2017 - Coalition on opioid use informs council about local issue and efforts to combat problem The rising use of illicit opioids, such as fentanyl, in Canada has become an "epidemic" and Lethbridge isn't immune. On Monday, a local coalition on opioid abuse informed members of city council about the scope of the issue and how, through collaborative efforts, it plans to combat the multi-faceted problem.

CN ON: Column: Pot Act Misses An Entrepreneurial Opportunity

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 02 May 2017 - I envision a future where users can buy a gram from the little old lady next door I don't want to write another LRT column, but I did want to say thank you to the councillors who voted in favour of the LRT for the 53rd time. Or is that the 54th? Does the vote to defer the vote count as a vote? Thank you to those who changed their position from "No" to "Yes". For those who voted "No", I hope you have the grace to accept the will of the people and get on board this exciting new phase of Hamilton's development.

CN ON: Fentanyl Continues To Wreak Havoc

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 28 Apr 2017 - Naloxone kits are flying off the shelves at local pharmacies and the Street Health Centre, as fentanyl continues its disastrous wave across eastern Ontario. Dr. Meredith Mackenzie, a physician at the centre, said on Wednesday that its clients are listening to their advice and reading news reports and are making an effort to curb their use, but it's not working.

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